Occupy Forces a Business to Close

Posted: Dec 18, 2011 11:09 AM

Occupy Wall Street recently reached a new milestone. My colleague Kate Hicks noted back in November that the recently opened Milk Street Cafe, located in New York's Financial District was already being forced to lay off 21 workers after Occupy protests drove customers away. This week the New York Daily News reported that the cafe has closed.


Milk Street Cafe, the restaurant whose business dried up in the face of the Occupy Wall Street barricades, is shutting down.

Thursday will be the last day for the 23,000 square-foot eatery that opened at 40 Wall St. in June, the Daily News has learned.

“It’s terribly sad,” Milk Street Cafe owner Marc Epstein told the News.

Epstein blamed the barricades that remained in front of his restaurant even after the Occupy Wall Street protestors were removed from Zuccotti Park.

“This is now the 12th straight week of the barricades,” he said.

Nice job sticking it to the man, Occupy. You really showed those investment bankers.